If vision isn’t one of the distinctives of leadership, then what element separates out the leadership role from followership?
As I recount in the introduction to Embracing Followership, the journey of formulating and capturing my thoughts on followership launched in 2011, after reading a book entitled A Vision of the Possible. A brief comment by the author indicated that we have plenty of books on leadership, but that we really need a book on how … Continue reading Inspiration: A Vision of the Possible
Greenleaf calls us all to creativity and community, in both our leadership and followership.
Greenleaf offers some leadership definitions and points of evaluation that followers need to be aware of.
What’s the fuel for your followership?
Influencing? Bringing about compliance? Adopting others’ goals? Facilitating superior performance? Are these the core elements of the leadership-followership dynamic?
How are you doing with leading via electronic communication?
Are you pursuing ease, when life-giving engagement is on offer?
Are you clued into the depths of your own vision and passions? Are others aware of them? Are you aware of others’ interests and burdens?
For me, the answer to “what is leadership?” is fairly simple. Conveniently, I answer a similar question about followership in the same way.
If leaders are both the visionaries and the change agents, then what’s left for the followers to do?
Many people associate the leadership role with vision as a fundamental aspect. I am not a visionary, and so I brought my followership perspective instead.